Today I had the opportunity to dabble with my second Jura-Capresso machine, the Jura-Capresso Impressa C9 One Touch espresso machine. The Impressa C9 is a one-touch-super-automatic machine that can make water and milk based drinks with the push of a button. I tested this machine with Filicori Zecchini Gran Crema Forte whole bean espresso.
At first glance I was immediately a fan of the Impressa C9's black plastic casing. Additionally, I also really liked its transparent, side-mounted water tank. In my experience, the Jura-Capresso line of machines are great at telling you when the tank needs to be refilled, but there's something comforting about being able to see how much water you have left for yourself.
Powering on the C9 via the switch located in the back of the machine, my first thought was "hey, the glowing red dot looks a little like Hal 9000." Instead of a display screen, the machine has a basic LED red text display located above the drink buttons on the left side of the machine.
Joking aside however, the machine was very easy to use. While it doesn't have a display screen like the Jura-Capresso J9 that I looked at in my last blog, I found the buttons on the Jura-Capresso C9 model to be pretty intuitive. Small cup for an espresso, big cup for a coffee, etc. The machine can brew two coffees or espresso at once if you push the buttons twice. For milk drinks, I noticed that the Impressa C9 used all of the same button icon's that the J9's frothing system did so I could tell which was which.
The quality of the coffee was great and the machine brews quickly, but I was curious about whether its settings could be customized. By opening a hidden panel beneath the display I accessed the rotary dial that allowed me to customize drinks and program the machine. Personally, I found the dial a bit tricky to use and made me feel a bit like a safe-cracker, but, I was doing it in the name of coffee. Just like the J9, I was able to modify the strength, volume and temperature of the drinks' preset values.
All in all, I found the Jura-Capresso Impressa C9 to be a very adroit one touch machine. If you enjoy making cafe style drinks in the comfort of your home, this machine delivers simple design, and good quality coffee making capabilities.